Over the last 40 days, 14 infants died at the Noakhali Hatia upazila health complex. Most of them died of pneumonia and asthma from their birth while others due to jaundice and blood infection.
The complex has no paediatricians though where one-third of the patients are children.
Upazila health and family planning officer Mizanur Rahman said children were receiving treatment though there were no paediatricians at the moment. He said that he had paediatric training and other physicians can also treat children.
According to the emergency department records, around 1200 patients including 400 infants were admitted from 1 October till 10 November. Among the 14 deceased, six died of pneumonia, four of asthma, one of jaundice, one of malnutrition, one of blood infection and one due to premature birth. A total of 13 are 0-6 months of age while one was 3 years old.
Six-month-old Obayed Ullah was admitted last week after the local village doctor failed to cure him. He died after two days.
Mizanur Rahman claimed no child died due to lack of treatment. He said guardians often brought their children too late.
District civil surgeon Bidhan Chandra Sengupta informed Prothom Alo that he had not been informed of the matter as he had been on leave due to a death in the family. He would check the matter, he said.